• Mitsch Chemistry Lecture 2014

    2014 3M/Ronald A. Mitsch Lecture in Chemistry

    "Biological and Ecological Toxicity of Engineered Nanomaterials"

    Guest lecturer:  Dr. Christy Haynes, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota

    Friday, April 25 at 12:45 p.m.
    Sundin Music Hall, 1531 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul
    The topic of nanoparticle toxicity is relevant to both food and energy because engineered nanoparticles are increasingly being incorporated both into food products and devices for energy production - this means that engineered nanoscale materials will either intentionally or unintentionally be released into the ecosystem and the human body.  The long-term goal of work in this field is to understand the molecular design rules that control nanoparticle toxicity using aspects of materials science, analytical chemistry, ecology, biology, and ethics.  Taken together, these data suggest that careful consideration of engineered nanoparticle surface chemistry will likely allow design of safe and sustainable nanoscale materials.  

    Christy Haynes is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota where she leads the Haynes Research Group, a lab dedicated to applying analytical chemistry to the fields of immunology and toxicology. Professor Haynes completed her undergraduate work at Macalester College in 1998 with a major in Chemistry and minors in Mathematics and Spanish and earned a Ph.D. in chemistry at Northwestern University in 2003 under the direction of Richard P. Van Duyne. Before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 2005, Haynes performed postdoctoral research in the laboratory of R. Mark Wightman at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Among many honors, she was named a 2010 Alfred P. Sloan fellow and a National Institutes of Health "New Innovator." She was also recently honored by the Royal Society of Chemistry with the Joseph Black Award, which recognizes achievement by young scientists, and in 2012, was named one of Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10," a group of "geniuses shaking up science today."

    Questions about the 2014 Mitsch Lecture? Contact Tracey Peters, University Events (tpeters02@hamline.edu).

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